Just how at ease Brits are playing golf in the Algarve was highlighted at the weekend when England’s David Lynn came from six shots behind to snatch victory at the 2013 Portugal Masters.
This win is Lynn’s second European Tour title and puts him back in the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 50, a week before his 40th birthday. The former US PGA Championship runner-up, whose only previous win in almost 400 events came in the KLM Open in 2004, charged into contention with five birdies in a front nine of 30 and, after a bogey at the tenth, picked up four further shots to set a clubhouse target that was never matched.
The tournament was played at the Oceanico Victoria course, which covers some 90 hectares and is the most recent golf course project of Arnold Palmer in Portugal. As one of the best and most sophisticated golf courses in Europe, every care has been taken to ensure the preservation of the wetlands and the typical vegetation of carob, olive and almond trees.
Owner of the course, Oceanico Golf is now the major player in Portugal´s distinguished golf tourism market, owning and operating one of Europe´s biggest portfolios of courses. It offers seven championship courses in the Algarve, including Vilamoura´s famous five, which are: Victoria (host of the Portugal Masters since 2007), Old Course, Pinhal, Laguna, Millennium, the newer Faldo Course near Silves, and the O´Connor Jnr. course at Amendoeira Golf Resort, which is complemented by a unique floodlit 9 hole par 3 Academy course.